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Saturday 10 December 2016

Revellers at Picnic give 400 tents to campaign

Getting ready for the Electric Picnic at Stradbally Co Laois was Carina Butterfly, Candy Warhol, Flaming Jade, Fabio Ego Deflato and Shir Madness from The Gladrags and Glam Fags Stage.
Getting ready for the Electric Picnic at Stradbally Co Laois was Carina Butterfly, Candy Warhol, Flaming Jade, Fabio Ego Deflato and Shir Madness from The Gladrags and Glam Fags Stage.

Over 400 tents, 150 sleeping mats and 100 pairs of wellies will help refugees after mass donations by Electric Picnic revellers last weekend.

Activist Roisin Garvey said she has been overwhelmed after a small suggestion she made to help the refugees stranded in Calais turned into a full-blown campaign. Some at the three-day festival dropped their tents at a collection point, while most were collected by volunteers.

"It was just three of us in a van who started (this). Then Panti Bliss and Glen Hansard tweeted about it and it went viral," she said.

The goods will be delivered to Calais on September 29 by Ireland Calais Refugee Solidarity.

Picnic guests also donated over 20 tents to The Simon Community.

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